NCC Associates Attend Intelligence Squared Debate in DC

Associates at IQ2

“Gerrymandering is Destroying the Political Center.”  “Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution.”  “Legalize Drugs.”  “Death is Not Final.”  These issues are without question up for debate.  Since 2006, these and more than 130 other topics have been the focus of passionate discourse in Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) debates.   NCC has proudly called IQ2US a customer since 2011.  On February 1st, three of our Multimedia Production associates had the privilege to attend an IQ2US debate entitled “Give Trump a Chance”.

The thought-provoking debate was held at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC, making it the first IQ2US debate held outside of New York City.  Our associates were given the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the kinds of important and lively dialogue and discussion for which we have provided verbatim transcription, and they also had a chance to introduce themselves to our point of contact at IQ2US.

IQ2 Stage
The IQ2 Debate Stage

The debaters in favor of the motion to give Trump a chance were Clive Crook, columnist with Bloomberg View, and Gayle Trotter, a political analyst and attorney.  The debaters against the motion were David Frum, Senior Editor with The Atlantic, and Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice.  The interactive debate gave the diverse live audience of young and older guests, as well as remote users around the world, an opportunity to vote for or against the motion.  In the end, 43 percent were against the motion, 29 percent were undecided, and 28 percent were for the motion.

IQ2US debates are streamed live on the IQ2US website and the NCC-crafted transcripts are available along with every video.  The debates reach an audience of millions through several channels including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, and other digital channels.  The debates are interactive in that the live audience is able to vote after hearing opening arguments, asking questions, and closing arguments.

Audience members used a keypad to vote on the issues being debated

During what is widely considered the most interesting administration change in U.S. history, NCC has had a front row seat as we continue to support dozens of federal agencies, deploying our captioners and on-site transcription associates literally into the middle of the action at a variety of meetings and hearings.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the live audience for this provocative debate, and we are honored to continually be enabling communication and collaboration for this significant organization.